Wednesday morning, April 4th, we left the banks of the Mississippi and continued heading east on I-40. Lois Howard, one of our RVing friends from our Newmar days, had tried to meet up with us this winter in Az. but we just couldn't seem to get together out there. When we knew that we would traveling through Tennessee Tom had contacted Lois and we made plans to drive to her house in Cookeville. Lois had built a beautiful home in this area designing it to accommodate her motorhome and adding electric and water hook-ups for when friends stop by. After getting the motorhome set up, we all sat out on the porch with a view of the mountains sharing a bottle of wine and conversation. Buddy and Baby, Lois' cute little Yorkies and long ago playmates of Travis', also joined us. We had planned to take Lois out for dinner but she had already started preparing a nice dinner for us which we enjoyed. It was a very nice relaxing evening catching up with one another.
This morning, Thursday, we said good by to Lois and Buddy (Baby was sleeping in)and continued traveling on I-40 until the Knoxville area where we then picked up I-81 which would take us north. The day started out with some sun but the clouds thickened as the day went on and eventually we were hitting showers of rain and the temperature dropped. We are camped at the Dixie Caverns and Campground in Salem, Va. (south of Roanoke). This is not the best maintained campground but it is convenient to I-81 and does have full hook-ups. At 7pm it is cloudy and 51 degrees and the heat is on. Tomorrow we plan to travel the last 275 miles to get us home.
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